338 lapua or 50bmg

Discussion in 'General Firearms Discussion' started by MaryB, Aug 5, 2015.

  1. MaryB

    MaryB Supporting Member

    Looking into getting a big rifle for my mini collection. Won't get to shoot it a lot around where I live so maybe 2-3 trips a year to a 1,000+ yard range. Semi auto would be nice to soak up recoil but that drives the price into ouch territory...

    So... what would you go with? A 50bmg AR-15 upper? Savage 338 lapua bolt action? I think I can reload 50bmg cheaper because components are more readily available.
     
  2. Fracman

    Fracman Member

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    I would pick a 6.5 creedmoor or a 7mm STW and enjoy shooting it
     

  3. planosteve

    planosteve Lifetime Supporter

    For long range 1000+ yards I would go with the M256A1 or the 16"/50 Mark 7. Both have good long range accuracy but recoil might be an issue. Ammo is a bit on the expensive side also. Targets don't last very long and you will need a front end loader or 4 to fill in the holes.

    Fracman has a very good idea with the 6.5 Creedmore. Looks to be very accurate and recoil will not be bad.
     
  4. SWAGA

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  5. MXGreg

    MXGreg Supporting Member

    Mary, take a drive up to Ahlman's in Morristown on Aug. 22-23. They're having their shooter's round-up and you can test fire some 50s (not distance shooting, but at least you get to try them). I shot a bolt action .50 a couple years ago and it really wasn't that bad. They had some semi-autos there also. They also have almost any machine gun you can think of and a 25mm anti-tank gun you can fire too.

    http://www.ahlmans.com/SR-Master Page.htm
     
  6. USMC_VET

    USMC_VET Supporting Member

    I would definitely go with a 338 Lapua magnum such as the Savage 110BA .338 Lapua magnum . That rifle can easily reach out to 2700 yards plus and still hit the AR500 plate hard enough to sound off loudly
     
  7. ajole

    ajole Supporting Member

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    For your health issues, just to punch paper a few times a year...I'd suggest the 6.5 or even a .243. They are accurate, easy on the shooter, and not $3-$6 a shot.

    If you intend to destroy enemy equipment and infrastructure at range while impressing the folks at the line, then the .338 would be the way to go.;)
     
  8. MaryB

    MaryB Supporting Member

    I am building a 6.5 grendel so have 1k paper punching covered... I want a rifle that has some destructive capability! Never know if it might be needed.
     
  9. ajole

    ajole Supporting Member

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    Then...the .50. Twice the energy!:D
     
  10. USMC_VET

    USMC_VET Supporting Member

    Here's so interesting info on .338 Lapua Magnum being shot from a Savage 110BA from a target 2707 yards away or 1.54 miles

    Over 5 seconds of flight time


    Energy from the impact on a AR500 plate is over 700ft lbs


    Bullet drop 285 ft
     
  11. Dane

    Dane Supporting Member

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    How about a .50 Beowulf upper? Priced anywhere from around $700 and up?

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  12. FlashBang

    FlashBang I Stand With Talon Lifetime Supporter

    Mary,

    If you already have a press for the 50, and want something that can do the most damage, go with the 50.

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  13. undeRGRound

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  14. MaryB

    MaryB Supporting Member

    50 beowulf IS NOT a long range round! I want to put the hurt on at 1k+++ yards! I am thinking 338 lapua and the Savage, affordable, accurate, decent brake keeps recoil down to manageable with a shoulder pad...

    It is not something you take to the range and run 200 rounds through. You take it out and make maybe 20 shots and put it away until next time! My Ar-15 is for range fun! Along with the type 53, SKS, 10/22, 91/30...
     
  15. MaryB

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  16. undeRGRound

    undeRGRound ROLL wif Da MOLE! Supporting Member

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    BEOWULF is a short range Azz-Kicker! Quite Short Range, in fact. But it packs a WALLOP!
     
  17. USMC_VET

    USMC_VET Supporting Member

    A .338 Lapua magnum with a muzzle brake feels like a .308 without a brake
     
  18. MaryB

    MaryB Supporting Member

    That I can handle, been shooting the Type 53 (7.62x54r) and the recoil is similar to 308.
     
  19. Fracman

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